E’spiration Friday… Between Wana, Adichie and Okada books

Ehen, you recall the E’spiration series I said I would start…

Ok, here goes Episode One.

Inspiration FM is an absolute inspiration. Pun intended. I know I did that post on Inspiraton FM and values where I knocked them some but truth is, half the time, they rock. Three people that totally make it worth it for me have to be Dan foster, Titi and of course Wanawana.

wana (Wana Udoabong)

Wanawana is my absolutely FAVE. ‘Sharing life issues’ by 7pm is like RADIO’S BEST PROGRAM in Nigeria. Wana has the BEST voice on radio yo!!!

So use your phone to listen to SLI daily at 7pm on  @IFM923 and stop filling your head with so much nonsense on radio by half baked, ignorant, fake sounding Presenters.

Wanawana on Inspiration FM is my first inspiration today.


One lady I am also hugely inspired by is Chimamanda Adichie. (On tuesday night, I dreamt about a whole day spent hanging out with Adichie. I wore her out after I was done picking her brains. We had a good time but she was WORN looool. I will be meeting her soon real life though. Whoop!!! )

adichie hubby






(Isn’t her hubby Ivara totally drop dead? loool)

If you know me, you know that. Although I don’t swallow all she says wholesale, she definitely makes a lot of sense most of the time.

So when these two ladies Adichie and Wana, come together… Aha!!!

wana ad










So on sharing life issues a coupla months back, Wanawana interviewed Adichie. It was a super amazing interview. Most people in Nigeria generally don’t know how to interview Adichie, sadly. And Adichie doesn’t know how to suffer fools gladly. They always ask her silly questions and she actually has this mild sarcastic way of answering them. But Wanawana did a FABTASTIC job abeg. I am sure Adichie was impressed too.

No I am not about to give you the transcript or gist here if you missed it. I have something even better. I have the audio clip here for you. I got it off Wana’s blog. I think if you click around you on the blog, you can download it.

Part 1

Part 2

Adichie talks about almost EVERYTHING… Her writings, tips for writers, her writing workshop for budding writers, family, fake accents, history, makeup, online shopping, hair (of course), values, tribe, being yourself, adultery and cheating, Lagos syndrome etc. She kinda has it covered with this interview

Ok moving on…


I love to read. Ah!!! I don’t really need human company like many others because I find a companion in books. I can read anywhere, anytime and any SENSIBLE thing. Reading is what makes me stay up late into the night.








I feel particularly blessed that my workplace has an amazing up-to-date library, complete with old and new books, where I can satisfy my book-love. I am currently reading Achebe’s Arrow of God.


Yup, I am strange like that.

I especially love reading conveniently, especially on my phone. Imagine my joy when I discovered our very own ‘Nigerian kindle’ in OKADA BOOKS.





Okadabooks is a free app on android that gives you like a zillion books free. Mostly Nigerian books.









A lot are free. Some have free parts and then you have to purchase the complete book at ridiculously cheap prices… N10, N20 etc. How cool is that?











Yup, I had to use the screen that shows Adichie’s books because they just came to Okada. Parts of course. (About a whooping 150 pages). Something to whet your appetite enough to go and buy yours. I also love the transcript of THE DANGER OF A SINGLE STORY. Amazing TEDtalkby Adichie. I can recite that one by heart walahi. I had to learn it when I was going to partake in an oratory competition in school then (Super bowl) That talk makes so much sense.







Let me tell you what reading does to you. It stimulates your mental faculty. Kinda oils your brains and keeps it functioning. Some people’s brain cells are just too dry and dated. It will soon catch fire. Hehehe.









So if you have a smartphone that works with Play store (Sorry this is one time to hate BB), download Okadabooks for free and download plenty free books that cover a lot of genres… Comedy, business, fiction, love and romance, asoebi and lagos parties, Nigerian life, yahoo yahoo, runs girls, big girls, Spirituality, politics… Mehn, Okadabooks got you COVERED. One of my fave fictions has to be Tunde Leye’s BROKEN MIRRORS. It is a really long book but I recommend it because it tells a really emotional story.

So this is this week’s E’spiration.

Read and listen to the right things…

If you have more E’spirational stuff to share, use the comment button or do me an email

Stay inspired…


PS; Next week, I would be focusing on students. Especially University students.







I get quite some emails and messages with young people asking me how I made it through school and stuff with great grades and generally how to get the best out of Uni years. I would get two or so of my friends who made best graduating student or First class degrees and are making sense in the world today to share with us.







So we are taking this BACK TO SCHOOL!!! Because I strongly believe that there is a GREEN in SCHOOL and SCHOOL ROCKS




Has anyone noticed WP has started acting up with pictures and their alignment. GOSH, It just scatters the pictures and words and scrambles it all up. I had to keep arranging and arranging. I can only pray that when this Post gos live, it would come out just right. Also WP started adding rubbish numbers and codes to the start of posts when you publish and you will just be wondering how it got here. Very annoying. WordPress, abeg eh. I have made too much mouth about you ooo. Don’t let Blogger/Blogspot people yab us ooo.

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  • Reply
    St Naija
    September 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    This was a great read. Well done.

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      September 20, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks darling.

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    September 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I tell u ,books is whr u can jus get lost in n finish feeling fulfilled,m talkin abt novels,literatures and school books alike o!
    Not hearts,hints,mills n boons,n all thoz ridiculous ones dat saps ur brain matta n replace it wit groudnut oil!$
    Believe me ,wit books ehn,u can string english words so nicely dat ppl wil tink u grew up abroad!not kiddin!

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      James Melbin
      September 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Yes, Valerie. I can even say that you english is a good testimony of how a book can build your english speaking, hehe. Seriously, if I am not a books reader, my english would have been an off-topic. But thank God.

      To be sincere, I am looking forward to next week’s E’spiration post. I hope it would be much more interesting than this week’s. O yea! there’s hope, since it’s gonna be based on uni..uni.. stuff. This one tha Asuu have paused the system, what to do?

      I will just read next week’s post and I will pass all my exams when we resume. May God help us all.

      John 3:16

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        September 20, 2013 at 4:48 pm

        James I am cracking up in public.
        Read it and pass all your exams? Let’s see sha. Hehehe.
        Keep a date.
        Sorry about asuu… it is really annoying.

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      September 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      Ground nut oil? You should stop talking to Dumebi oooo.
      True oh. Books r just amazing

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    1 + The One
    September 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Blogspot for the winNnn!! lol
    I agree with you, Wana has the best-est voice on radio and the way she engages with her audience.. FANTASTIC! I love her!

    I haven’t had the pleasure of reading Americanah, I so can’t wait!!

    Now I wish I had an Android phone.. ‘One, time to upgrade mehn.. Father, hear my heart’s cry – Samsung + iPhone.. thank You Daddy 😀 … I need that Okada app sharp sharp.. I love books! And I want to read more Nigerian authors!

    Alrighty.. Thanks for the 1st installment of the E’spiration! More, more! xxxx

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      September 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      I mean, God bless ofili for this okadabooks.
      And give you these phones too.
      You go read tire.
      I even heard that if many people download americanah, they will make the full copy available for free there. So cool ooooo.
      And yes wanawana is the bestest. I am currently out of town for a bit and I miss her plenty.
      Thanks for dropping by dear.

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      September 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Btw I hear Enitan Adaba sings ib your church choir????? Is that fair? Did you have to rub it in? *now beefing you while thinking up a way to have her port*

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    September 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    And I thought I was the only one crazy about books. 🙂 Kindles…cool…but I just love me the old fashioned way…HARD COPY! …yes, laugh all you want. I must have been born in the 50s 🙂 Just started half of a yellow sun. I hope I will be able to resist the urge to watch the movie before finishing the book.

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      September 20, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Laughing all I want.
      But I perfectly understand jare.
      Don’t worry. You will finish the book in plenty of time before the movie is out.
      Might be early next year before it hits naija.
      I’m waiting for the movie. Couldn’t finish the book. Not the biggest fan of history. Might pick up the book again. I just felt the book was winding and winding before the drama begun.
      Still love me my Adichie much sha.
      Cheers love.

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    September 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Abedemi Sanusi is another awesome writer, Kemi’s Journal and God has daughters too are her books. read only the first chapter of God has daughters too and it really ministered to me. check it out you might like it

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      September 20, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Blog? You didn’t mention where we would get it.
      Sounds like a good read esp the God has daughters too.
      Thanks sug.

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        September 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm, thats her site, and i think God has daughters too is available on Kindle

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          September 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

          Luscious kisses my darling

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    September 21, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Hi Eziaha, it feels soo good to know dat someone loves Chimamanda as much as I do… Ur soo lucky ur going to meet her… Are we invited?? *winks* I have a copy of her americanah nd I av been reading it slowly cos I don’t want to finish it.. Nothing gives me soo much joy like reading and I am very proud of Adichie… She’s got taste in every ramification… Jus take a look at Ivara… D babe no dey dull at all… I have been trying to listen to d interview via d link u made available, but its been difficult. Can u profer an easier method or solution to dis problem…

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      September 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      How about we match together to the hq of your service provider and beat the engineers up…
      Ha ahn.
      Visit and then look for the ‘in conversation with Adichie’ post. A transcript is there but it is nothing compared to hearing her voice.
      Ahhhh… and Wana’s tooooo…
      The girl has taste oooo. See her talking of makeup from different brands and online shopping especially with free returns.
      Oh and she scored with ivara. That is why when she starts all the feminist marriage talk I eye her. Na him you no just remain single but you come marry fine American. Story. Looool.
      I couldn’t read Americanah slowly. I dropped everything to finish it. My colleagues might have as well moved to the sun cos I was not hearing anything they had to say till the end.
      Lemme know if the link works love.
      My darling fellow Adichie lover, thanks for this amazing comment jare.
      Will you be invited? Hmmmm. Let’s see… Hehehe.

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    September 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I love this post so much….thank for sharing this lovely piece with us..and oh yh I love chimamanda any time any day…keep doing your thing girl..u rock..xxxx

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      September 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks dear.
      Yup Adichie and her luvurrrs rock

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    September 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Ok I guess I’m the only person who had a problem with Americanah. Anyway sha, how can we iPhone peeps get on the “Okada” oooh. ? I went to the apps store and it isn’t there. There is nothing better than good books and a good read takes precedence over a lot of things *mumbles…and some people too…* Lol.

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      September 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Lol at get on the okada…
      It is supposed to be on PlayStore oooo. I tot iPhone uses playstore too like Android?
      If it doesn’t, nne then I dunno oooo.
      I hope it does, for your sake. Cos d one of ur powhere u mentioned reading Nigerian books to ‘be in touch’
      Okada is truly what you need…
      As for Americanah, I have seen three people who didn’t think it was all that. You are not alone but in my world, the three of you are in the minority oooo. Loooool

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        September 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

        Let me be a minority…as long as I’m still in your world. * Wink*

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          September 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm

          Space secured *double wink*

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    September 23, 2013 at 1:19 am

    My darlin E’ chai Chukwu gozie gi mehn *hugs* I’ve already downloaded d app and I’m reading leke alder’s “the seven resolutions” hmmMm gosh, I’m short of words o. As 4 Americanah I absolutely loved it o, emm biko finish d ‘half of a yellow sun’ already na ah ahn. Hehehhehehe

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      September 23, 2013 at 5:24 am

      Sharp girl.
      With all the fight and gragra to grab a copy even from your mat bed, no way you would not have enjoyed Americanah na.
      I will try ooo. I will have to start all over again with the book.
      You know it was last night that I truly explored the ‘Okada’ and realized that I didn’t give it half as much props as it deserves. That app is loaded jor.
      In other news, I keep recalling that stuff you told me about the iPad screen and the girl’s hand. I must confess I feel same way sometimes about my tab. The phone has been very useful to me jor.

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    September 23, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Thanks so much for introducing us to okada books..U needed to have seen me downloading like the world was bout ta struggle is real in ehh i couldnt bliv my eyes seeing such wonderful books free…nne God bless you..plenty hugs and kisses for you lovely..xx

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      September 23, 2013 at 7:33 am

      Mehn… that is how I felt too.
      Sorry for those trying to get my attention when I am reading a real book… fafafa foul
      I’m glad you guys be downloading oooo. Please spread word. And download Americanah too cos if we get a lot of people to download the preview version, farafina will provide the full…
      Cheers darling.
      Keeping the xosssss loool

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    September 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

    […] TLS is an older Blogger. He has the most amazing secular fiction stories. I recommend Tricia’s nightmare, Finding Hubby, Baba Risi’s Court, and Rekiya’s tale in that order. BURNT is an ongoing series there which is amazing (but sad) but the ones I mentioned are series that he has completed. Tunde leye’s books are also available ‘on the Okada’ […]

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    November 1, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Thanks a million Ezi. I just read this post this morning and sharply got the Okadabooks app. I’m an avid reader so I’m so excited right now! Got a lot of books already. Let me run off to church now. Thanks again for the info.

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